Vance, C. (2011). Fast Facts for Career Success in Nursing: Making the Most of Mentoring in a Nutshell.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Santelli, Jeanine Seguin
Pub Date: 03/22/2011
Publication: Name: Journal of the New York State Nurses Association Publisher: New York State Nurses Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 New York State Nurses Association ISSN: 0028-7644
Issue: Date: Spring-Winter, 2011 Source Volume: 42 Source Issue: 1-2
Topic: NamedWork: Fast Facts for Career Success in Nursing: Making the Most of Mentoring in a Nutshell (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Vance, C.
Accession Number: 278760665
Full Text: Vance, C. (2011). Fast facts for career success in nursing: Making the most of mentoring in a nutshell. New York: Springer Publishing.

This book is a quick read with short, well-defined chapters and inspirational quotations. Each chapter is set up with a thumbnail introduction and objectives. Sprinkled throughout the text are "Fast Facts in a Nutshell." Also included in this book are self-reflection exercises to identify mentoring needs and mentor fit and an extensive list of resources and references.

There are four parts to the book, each part containing two or three chapters. The first part discusses "Navigating a Successful Nursing Career." It includes professional role, standards of practice, and career trajectory. The role of the mentor and the ebb and flow of mentors throughout one's career are presented. Also included is the historical perspective on mentoring.

Part two is called "The ABCs of Mentoring." Here, ABC is an acronym for the steps to mentorship: "Assess your mentor intelligence" walks the reader through an exercise in determining readiness for a mentoring experience. "Build your mentor connections" provides steps to developing a mentoring plan. This plan can be established whether mentees and mentors are chosen or matched. "Cultivate your potential and talent for success" unveils the good, the bad, and the ugly potentials of mentoring relationships and provides constructive responses to both mentee and mentor.

"Making the 'Mentor Match'" is the title of part three. The author covers networking, negotiating, and troubleshooting strategies. She also discusses the potential roadblocks of unrealistic expectations, personal and professional mismatches, power and control issues, excessive competitiveness, "cloning," communication, and dependence, along with avoidance/correction strategies that can help.

The last part of the book is "Career Success and the Mentor Connection." This section transitions the reader from the role of mentee to the role of mentor.

Although the book is written for student and novice nurses, I feel that it would also be valuable to seasoned nurses who may be considering or refreshing a mentoring role. I could see this text being used as a workbook for a newly developed mentoring relationship, employing the chapters and exercises as talking points to help the mentee and mentor get to know each other. If you like structure and are interested in learning more about nursing mentorship, you'll enjoy this book. It is a well-constructed recipe for a successful mentoring experience for all parties involved.

Jeanine Seguin Santelli, PhD, ANP-C/GNP-C
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